DEWITT — It has been more than 50 years, and the Central Community School District of Clinton County is still talking about it — Its name.
Superintendent Dan Peterson for the second time brought the issue to the Central Board at its meeting Wednesday, again without any definitive direction. The subject surfaced because of the recent boys state basketball tournament in which Central was identified as CClinton, a name that does not recognize the district or its location.
Central Clinton School District, though, is a name used by the district.
Unified in 1961, DeWitt, Grand Mound, Low Moor and Welton make up the Central District. Peterson cited 73 instances of formal use and at least 10 different names by which the district is known.
“It’s a problem that goes back a long ways in time,” said Peterson, acknowledging that since the district’s inception, its name has generated controversy.
“We’re sending a confusing message,” he said, adding that it is an internal as well as external problem.
Board member Jim Irwin suggested Central CSD or Central of DeWitt, and he asked to come back at the next meeting with names and feedback.
Peterson proposed a long name and a short name, to which board president Christy Kunz said, “One short name that we can all live with would be the desired state.”
If the district has a long name, it should have a short name or it will not be used, board member Angela Rheingans noted, and board member Jennifer Naeve preferred one name only from a marketing perspective.
“Central needs to be there and DeWitt needs to be there,” said board member Steve Fuglsang, suggesting Central Community Schools of DeWitt or Central DeWitt. He said to make it as consistent as can be.
Ultimately Peterson said he would like to make a recommendation and be consistent. The board agreed to submit three proposed names to him by April 15.